Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn Update

Dear Friends,

Grace and Peace be unto you.  It has been since August when we last published a family/ministry update, so we are happy to share with you the latest "doings" of the Whitten family and the ministry of Eleventh Hour Mission, and pray that you and yours are doing well in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord.

As you may know from our last update, we have been extremely blessed to have found a meeting place for our little flock!  Ed Brennan, our friend and founder of Helping Hands Mission in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, opened up his event hall (free of charge!) for us to have a "permanent" place to land, at least until the cloud moves!  We are so grateful for this blessing and Ed's friendship!  So, if you happen to be in or around our area on the 1st, 3rd, or 5th Sunday of the month, please come and worship with us!


In late September, Julie spoke in front of a 200 or so people at the annual Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee fund raising banquet.  She shared her personal testimony of being a volunteer counselor at the center in in Columbia and how God is using her and others to affect positive change in the lives of pregnant women and teens in our area.  She did a great job and might have a future in public speaking!

Mark has been active as the Mount Pleasant High School football team chaplain and leads devotions every Thursday before each game for the players, and offers prayers before and after the games on Friday nights as the players, coaches, cheerleaders, students, and parents "mix-it-up".   

Another interesting door of opportunity that has opened up for Mark as result of a message he spoke earlier in the year at a local Christian conference, has been speaking at various local Tea Party groups.  His message "Facing Tyranny: The Christian Obligation to Resist Evil" is getting very positive reviews, which has led to a part two in the series called "America's Unique Privilege".  The message specifically deals with the often misused and misunderstood passage of Scripture found in Romans 13 concerning the Christian's duty to submit to governing authorities. 

Please pray with us that this timely and important message to the body of Christ can be permeated throughout the church as soon as possible.  We are hoping that this opportunity will lead to more opportunities to speak in local churches in our region, and are considering publishing a mini book and/or audio recording to help spread the word. If you could also be in prayer for Mark as he is working on another writing project with his friend and editor/publisher Greg Webster that we feel could be a seminal work for the body of Christ.


On a family note, Adam and Brady are gearing up for hunting season!  Jed is growing like a weed and finally beginning to form sentences, yeah!  Seth is playing fall baseball in the minor leagues (player fast-pitch), and Seanna is a cheerleader for the Columbia Academy Bulldogs. 

Just recently, Julie decided to rekindle her talents for kitchen and bath design and has started a new business called, Whitten Kitchens. For years, Julie worked as a professional kitchen and bath design coordinator with some of the top names in the industry in Nashville and Charleston.  She is excited about working from home and using this business as a ministry opportunity! Please pray for her success in this endeavor.  We also have a new dog named Ruby-Daisy!
 

In the Lion, In the Lamb,

Mark, Julie, Adam, Brady, Seth, Seanna, and Jed



Monday, August 5, 2013

August Update

Hello Friends of the Eleventh Hour Mission,
 
 
We are excited to announce that St. Irenaeus ~ Ancient Future Church has a new meeting place! Ed Brennan, our dear friend and also, shepard of The Helping Hands Mission in Mt. Pleasant, has graciously offered the space above the thrift store as a place for us to worship and fellowship. This is a tremendous blessing! Many thanks go out to him for his generosity and willingness to open his doors to us, as it is also his home.

 
Ed is a kind-hearted man, always eager to see God's handi-work in and around the Mt. Pleasant community. He has been in Mt. Pleasant for a couple years now ministering to the poor, the hurting and the wayfarin. The Helping Hands Mission offers clothing and food for those in need and at times shelter, for those who are living on the streets or in transition. The mission operates by donations and is open weekly on Thursdays from 10am - 4pm, located at 113 N. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, TN. It has been our pleasure to be a part of what God has done and is doing in Mt. Pleasant. We are praying for a city wide transformation to lift the oppression of poverty, drugs and hopelessness. We are commited to serving the afflicted, alongside Ed and the volunteers of Helping Hands, as the Holy Spirit leads.
  

We were also excited to see A_nna W. off to L_aos this month. She will be in L_aos for three months. Her family and friends will be missing her, however, she is experiencing the "trip of a lifetime", keeping us posted daily, via Facebook. We are so proud of her courage and willingness to accept this opportunity. Please pray with us for her protection and safe return.
We look forward to what the Lord has for the remainder of the summer and anticipate great and wonderful things for this fall!
 
Please join us at St. I's for service:
 
Meeting Times

1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Sundays of each month
Weekly during Advent and Lent

10:00 - 10:15 Gathering Time and Fellowship
10:15 - 10:30 Morning Prayers
10:30 - 11:00 School of the Ancient Paths
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee and Fellowship
11:30 - 1:00 Eucharistic Service
 
Blessings to all!
 
Love, Julie
 
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Update

Friends,

We pray this finds you well.  July 1st marked the one-year anniversary of Mark resigning from his tenured teaching job to pursue the Lord's call to be available to Him and the people He loves.  Without any promise of support or provision from family or friends, Mark stepped out to follow "the wild goose" (a name the ancient Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit).  We determined not to solicit any financial support from anyone for the whole year, following the George Muller Model of faith for provision.  We are so proud of our heavenly Father who went above and beyond all we could ever ask for or imagine this first year. This year was even capped-off by two incredible family vacations that our family has been in need of for a long time!  We have been continually amazed to see God come through for us as we trusted in His provision for our family, and would be happy to share our experiences with you!

On the way home from our beach vacation, the transmission in our van went out and we were stranded in Birmingham, Alabama for five nights as we waited for Mr. Transmission to fix our vehicle.  At first, it was extremely frustrating to be stuck when we were all ready to get home.  Thanks to our dear friend Dale Cathey, we were able to hang out at his warehouse downtown and unwind from a tiresome journey for several days and nights. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Update

Hey Friends, 

We pray this finds you blessed!  We just wanted to share some of the happenings that are going on in our worshipping community and homestead!
 
On the weekend of April 27, we participated in a Christian Community Conference in our neighboring town of Campbellsville, Tennessee.  The focus of the conference was building agrarian Christian community in light of the evils Christian families face in this generation.  Mark spoke Saturday on "Facing Tyranny: The Christian Obligation to Resist Evil".   It was a timely and meaningful message that every Christian concerned about ever encroaching government mandates and restrictions on personal liberties should hear.  The message will soon be available on our website, so check back in a week or so!
 
Last weekend, our church celebrated the Eastern Orthodox version of Easter, called Pascha, taken from the Greek word used for Passover.  We had a beautiful midnight vigil and rung-in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in the wee hours of the morning with the Rush Candlelight Processional and the Divine Liturgy which included hymns, prayers, a reading of the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom, and Holy Communion. We followed the service with a fantastic Mediterranean feast (which included lamb!) that Julie prepared which commenced at about 1:30 a.m.!  We feasted and celebrated until our eyes could no longer stay open which was about 3:30 a.m.


Monday, March 18, 2013

March Update

Hey Friends,
 
We pray this finds you and yours are well!  I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the things that my wife Julie has been up to in our worship community.  Julie is an integral part to Eleventh Hour Mission and our family, and I wanted this update to honor her service to our Lord and the people that He loves.

Julie, besides homeschooling our children and taking care of our toddler in the "terrific two's", Julie is involved in a variety of other ministry endeavors and is not only wife and mother, she is my partner. 


On Wednesday's, Julie volunteers as a counselor at the Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee, where she counsels young women in crisis.  Some of these young women are pregnant and considering abortions, while others are post-abortive and need healing from their tragic choice.  Julie has shared with me some of the triumphs and tragedies involved in their fight for the unborn and their mothers.  She is one of many frontline warriors in the fight for life.
 
Several months ago, Julie sensed that the Lord was leading us to connect with Ed Brennan and the Helping Hands Mission in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.  Here, nearly every Thursday, Julie spends time folding clothes, organizing donations, and talking with and praying for those who come to the Mission in need.
Every other Friday, Julie also volunteers at the Discipleship House as a house shepherd, for women who are making the rehabilitory transition from state custody to society.  The Discipleship House provides these women, who have lost nearly everything as a result of poor life choices, a chance to get on their feet again with housing, transportation, food, medical, and job assistance.
 
Needless to say, Julie is truly an amazing woman of God and life partner. I am writing this without her knowledge, because I know that it will most likely make her uncomfortable.  Nevertheless, I felt that she needed to be honored for her faithful service to our family, our community, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 
In the Lion, In the Lamb,
 
Mark Whitten

Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Release!

One of the ministries of Eleventh Hour Mission involves the creation, production, and distribution of literary materials to equip and strengthen the Body of Christ. We are proud to announce the release of Mark's third book of centering prayers, called Song of Songs: Centering Prayers for the Bride of Christ.


After more than ten years of studying, preaching, and praying through the Song of Songs, Mark has written a book of centering prayers that coincide with each chapter and verse of the Biblical book written by King Solomon. We now invite you to experience its passion and power through the poetic prayers of Song of Songs: Centering Prayers for the Bride of Christ.

For a donation of $10.00 or more to Eleventh Hour Mission, we will send you a signed copy of the book as our gift to you (Don't forget to mention offer SOS).  Should you prefer to order online, we are offering a discounted price through the month of February in honor of Saint Valentine. Click here to order your discounted copy directly from our distributor!  You can also order on Amazon at full retail price by clicking here.

We are so grateful for all of the love, prayers and support we have received from you!

In the Lion, In the Lamb,

Mark and Julie